As men get older, there are a number of health complications they have to worry about – though some are more common than others. In today’s post, we’ll take a look at some of the diseases, illnesses and disorders that men are at high risk of developing throughout their lifetime.
Cancer – The Skin Cancer Foundation states that men over the age of 50 are twice as likely as women to develop skin cancer, which is the most common cancer among men. This year alone, up to 8,600 American men will die from melanoma. Prostate cancer is also extremely common among men. The American Cancer Society estimates that 29,480 men will die from it in 2014.
Depression – There’s a big difference between having a bad day and suffering from depression. According to LIVESTRONG.com, the suicide risk among men peaks in the 20s and then increases again in the 60s and 70s. The good news is that with the help of a mental health professional, it’s possible to manage the symptoms of depression and live a fulfilling life.
Diabetes – It’s common for men to develop type 2 diabetes as they get older – especially if they are overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle and maintain a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. While untreated type 2 diabetes can lead to serious health consequences, it can be managed with diet and exercise.
Heart disease –According to WebMD, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. To reduce the risk of heart disease, men should increase their physical activity, control blood pressure and cholesterol, quit smoking and eat less saturated or trans fats.
Sleep apnea – More than 18 million American adults have sleep apnea, though there are many more who remain undiagnosed. Sleep apnea is particularly common among middle-aged men, and can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. One of the main symptoms of this sleep disorder is snoring, so if you snore frequently, you may want to consult your doctor. Fortunately, with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, sleep apnea is a highly treatable disorder.